Author: Patricia Polacco
Genre: Family / Humor / Rivalry
Year Published: 1994
Year Read: 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Content Rating: Ages 4+ (Some Mischievous Behavior)
This is like my tenth book I have read by Patricia Polacco and it is called “My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother.” In this book, a young Patricia tells the audience about her annoying older brother, Richard, who outdoes everything she does and she wished to do something better than her brother! “My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother” is a brilliant book that children who also have problems with their siblings will enjoy for many years!
This book was so brilliant and will easily relate to any child who has older or younger siblings who pick on them! Patricia Polacco has done an excellent job at both writing and illustrations her life with her older brother Richard and I loved how Patricia Polacco’s writing is so sweet natured that I was seriously feeling all cuddly inside whenever I read this book. I also loved the love/hate relationship between Patricia and Richard (which is what I always see in every book that describes your typical sibling rivalry) and I also loved what Richard does for Patricia at the very end of the book (I will not tell you what happened) for it showed that no matter how much Patricia and Richard argue with each other, they still love each other! I also loved seeing some the family traditions that was shown in Patricia’s family, such as when Patricia and her grandmother saw a shooting star in the sky, Patricia’s grandmother spitted twice between her fingers and then slapped her chest whenever she is making a wish and that was the part of the story I truly favored. Patricia Polacco’s illustrations are extremely beautiful, especially of the images of Patricia and Richard themselves as Patricia is always seen wearing pigtails throughout the book, while her brother Richard has red hair, wears glasses and has freckles on his face. I also loved the way that Patricia Polacco illustrated the facial expressions on each character as they look realistic and hilarious at the same time. I really loved the smug looks that Patricia shows whenever her brother teases her about not being able to do things that he can and I also loved Richard’s goofy grins on his face every time he beats Patricia at something. But my favorite images from this book were on the endpapers of this book as the endpapers show real life photos of Patricia Polacco’s family and her older brother Richard.
Overall, “My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother” is a really cute story about sibling rivalry that every child will easily relate to and also love for the rest of their lives! I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since there is nothing inappropriate in this book.